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Cover of Firefighter's Handbook on Wildland Firefighting Strategy, Tactics and Safety, 4th Edition Manual.The Fourth Edition of this bestselling book by noted wildland firefighting author, Bill Teie is updated to address the most current NFPA and National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and qualifications for wildland firefighting. This book is written for the fire personnel who need a basic understanding of wildland firefighting. Firefighters and fire officers who have primary wildland responsibilities and who may be called into a wildland fire situation as a mutual aid response will all find this handbook valuable.

This handbook combines critical components from the 2016 edition of NFPA 1051 and NWCG documents into one source for wildland firefighters, officers and command staff. The NFPA and NWCG documents are referenced at the front of each chapter. The new edition now includes a Fireline Construction chapter. The content is sequenced to logically build competency from the first through all 15 chapters of the book.

NFPA 1051 content

  • Wildland Fire Fighter I and II
  • Wildland Fire Officer I and II
  • Wildland/Urban Interface Protection Specialist
  • Wildland/Urban Interface Coordinator

NWCG content

  • Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service
  • Initial Attack Incident Commander
  • Driving for the Fire Service
  • Engine Boss
  • Tractor/Plow Boss
  • Applied Interagency Incident Business Management
  • Task Force/Strike Team Leader
  • Tactical Decision Making in Wildland Fires.

About the author

Chief William Teie worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for 34 years. He worked up through the ranks, from seasonal firefighter to Deputy Director for Fire Protection. In this position he was responsible for all of CDF's fire protection programs. When he retired, he began writing wildland firefighting books.


  1. Fireline Safety
  2. Fire Weather
  3. Topography and Fuels
  4. Wildland Fire Behavior
  5. Fireline Construction
  6. Use of Water and Fire
  7. Use of Firefighting Resources
  8. Initial Attack: Strategies and Tactics
  9. Wildland/Urban Firefighting: Strategies and Tactics
  10. Incident Command System
  11. Firefighting Realities
  12. Map Reading
  13. Fire Prevention
  14. Hazardous Materials Recognition
  15. Use and Care of Hand Tools

Product specifications

Printed version specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-676-3

Pages: 588

E-book specs

ISBN: 9780879396787

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